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Matt Muse explores love & nappyness on new EP

Matt Muse is a name that’s relatively new to me. I first caught wind of the hip-hop artist roughly a month ago at a Young Chicago Authors open mic event where he was one of the featured performers. Although there were more than a dozen Chicago-based artists who had the privilege of stepping up onto ...

half•alive – Now, Not Yet

In Christianity, there's a phrase that gets circulated among scholars relating to the kingdom of God, which is known as the "already and not yet." In layman's terms it basically means that the kingdom of God is already here because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and rise from the grave, conquering ...

Premiere: WORDS blasts off with the aptly titled “Consume”

[Photo credit: @concertfotoschad on Instagram] It takes a lot for me to be blown away by a live performance these days. Have you heard the phrase "familiarity breeds contempt"? Well, I'm flirting with that going to live shows of bands I don't know, I fear. Fortunately, on occasion a band like ...

Festival preview: Madden Road Micro Music Fest

One of the unexpected highlights of my summer last year was the humble Madden Road Music event, which takes place on the Dye Farm in rural Cable, OH. This event has so much potential. It was also the one of the most relaxing and therapeutic outdoor music events I've attended—possibly ...

Song by Song: Bon Iver’s i,i

An album high on my priority list came out 3 weeks early. So, I decided to write down my first impressions for your enjoyment. Or maybe you're indifferent; that's okay too. Anyway, here goes! Yi: Is this thing on? iMi: One line in this song proclaims "I can't ignore it anymore." I can't ignore ...

when stuff just comes together [single reviews]

Sucre - "Your Records": The alt-pop project of Stacy and Darren King continues to pump out bop after bop. The latest, "Your Records," came together just within the last month. It's provocative and calming at the same time. This, in spite of a hook that proclaims that "love has gone away from me." Don't ...

Trying – I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm

There's a band in Ohio that has consistently been quietly releasing endearing anecdotes via song. That band is Trying. Trying has some history with this blog. They played two of our events when they still held to the moniker The Sports. One event was at the beatnik/quirky coffee bar Kafe Kerouac, ...